Friday, December 25, 2015

Paintings of the American West, continued. Merry Christmas! December 25, 2015

             The Peacemaker by Ernest Blumenschein

Dover Publications, Inc. Minola, New York.  120 Great Paintings of the American West
Continuing to feature Art of the American West, this painting by Ernest Blumenschein, 1913 depicts two warring chiefs with a symbolic peacemaker in the foreground.  Did this painting symbolize the conflict in Europe?  It was thought that the small child represented the uncertain future of both the Indian nations and the world at large.

Mr. Blumenschein was a part of the Taos, New Mexico  Society of Artists (see my previous blog, under "T," Ernest Blumenschein is the artist on the left in the photo. There are many, many references to him on the web and several books are available.  The Taos artists as they painted the Native Americans, became involved in the Native's struggles to maintain their culture and independence.

To end this turbulent year, I thought this painting was appropriate.  "Blessed are the Peacemakers. . . ."

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

W is for one of the last letters of the Alphabet. April Challenge to finish in December.

             On the October Trail (a Navajo family, 1908)

                                    N.C. Wyeth (1842-1944)
Paintings of the American West, Dover Publications, Mineoal, New York
N.C. Wyeth, the patriarch of an American family of artists. N.C. was an illustrator, if any of you remember his illustrations of Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, and other children's classics. 
More to write about this amazing family, but in shorter passages in the future, as I carefully use the keyboard again.
After 5 months of non-blogging, I am back but having to learn all 
the techniques again. I missed my blogging friends very much. Overuse injuries take a long time to heal.